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Air Conditioner Service or Air Conditioner Replacement: What to Consider

Mild weather is becoming a realistic possibility in Murrieta, which means one thing: it’s time to schedule your air conditioner service. However, it may not be that clear cut if your system is climbing up there in age and has been causing difficulties over the last few years.

Air conditioner replacement is an investment in your home, like nearly all other home improvement projects are. So how do you know if you should buy that new air conditioner now or just get your annual air conditioner service done?

At Cool Air Solutions, we know that it can be a difficult decision to make, so here are a few things to keep in mind if you’re uncertain which way to choose.

1. Air Conditioner Age

This is probably the biggest factor in to your decision, as air conditioner technology has improved quite a few things, from energy efficiency to the amount of noise it produces. If your system is more than 12 years old, it may not make sense to put a lot of money in to repairs when you could be setting aside that money towards a new system.

However, the typical 12-15 year lifespan of an air conditioner doesn’t mean it can’t work well beyond that. If air conditioner service has been routine and it has been well maintained, you may be able to go beyond that 12-15 year average.

2. Cost of replacing vs. servicing/repairing

There are always unique circumstances when it comes to determining the cost of replacing versus having air conditioner service and repairs done, but there are a couple things to keep in mind when comparing the two.

Air conditioner service

  • Get multiple estimates to make sure you’re getting the best deal.
  • Keep track of when your warranty expires and note what it contains so you’re always saving as much as possible.

Air conditioner replacement

  • Air conditioner size will be determined by the size of your home.
  • Cost will vary depending on the level of energy efficiency you’re searching for.
  • The higher the SEER rating, the greater the chance for energy savings.

After you determine the costs of both choices, keep this helpful tip in mind: if your air conditioner service and repair is going to cost 1/3 or more of the cost of a new air conditioner and your system is between 12-15 years old, air conditioner replacement may be the better long-term solution.

Of course, these are only a couple of the variables, but the pros at Cool Air Solutions are more than happy to help you decide which air conditioner is right when replacement becomes necessary. Give us a call at 951-676-2665 or set up an appointment through our online scheduler to find out what makes sense for both you and your budget.